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post #1 of 17
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I know all of our kitties have their own special noises they make for different things, but do any of yours sound like they are actually saying words sometimes?
Scooter has several noises that sound just like words. He says "get up, feed me, go out, move, mama, no, and a few others. I was looking at the potty training thing yesterday, and since he was sitting right there, I asked him jokingly if he would use it. He looked at me and made a noise that sounded just like "maybe." I was floored! My s/o was sitting right there, and heard it, too. It is actually a little unnerving. I have never had a cat that even accidentally made noises like that.
post #2 of 17
lol shadow does that.. mostly his big one is "ouuuut" when he wants let out onto the enclosed porch... Fin is quiet unless he wants fed and lets shadow talk for him haha
post #3 of 17
Someone was telling me the other day that thier cat would sit by the door and say 'iiiieee wwannnnn ooouuut'
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by krazy kat2
I know all of our kitties have their own special noises they make for different things, but do any of yours sound like they are actually saying words sometimes?
Scooter has several noises that sound just like words. He says "get up, feed me, go out, move, mama, no, and a few others. I was looking at the potty training thing yesterday, and since he was sitting right there, I asked him jokingly if he would use it. He looked at me and made a noise that sounded just like "maybe." I was floored! My s/o was sitting right there, and heard it, too. It is actually a little unnerving. I have never had a cat that even accidentally made noises like that.
Sounds crazy, KrazyKat! LOL! I remember as a kid our cat Friskie was meowing one of her meows, and my Mom was in the basement. She thought Friskie was one of us kids yelling "Mom". Mom kept yelling up the stairs, "Just a minute!", and Friskie upstairs in the kitchen meowing. By the time Mom came upstairs she was all mad, and us kids were all laughing at her!

Festus uses the same noises as Friskie. Like this morning the water bowl was empty, and one loud meow from Fest clearly told me she expected it to be filled, pronto! The only noise Gar makes are his little quiet "I love you" purry mews when he snuggles!
post #5 of 17
You might be on to something. Cats generally use body language to communicate with each other, but vocalizations to communicate with other species, and they're quite adept at it. Years ago, my parents had a cat, Midnight, and two Airedales. Midnight used to make a "woofing" sound when he saw something interesting going on outside, and both dogs would immediately rush over to the window or door to see what was going on. My sister now has two cats and three dogs, and both cats go "woof" when they want to alert the dogs to something interesting. It's weird. Our last cat was a feral for about eight years before we took him in, and rarely tried to communicate with us vocally. Jamie, 6, has lived with us since he was 10 weeks old, and has a definite "vocabulary". I don't know if he's trying to imitate human speech, but he definitely manages to get his message across.
post #6 of 17
Teufel doesnt stop talking anymore unless he is asleep.

he told me FILL MY WATER BOWL! and i ignored him so he made some weird meow and went over to the toilet bowl.

today i was crying, and teufel came up on my lap and he sounded like he was saying
Aw honey dont cry!

I always call him honey
post #7 of 17
Mine say "yes" when I tell them how good/pretty/handsome/the best (you get the idea) followed by a soft purr.
They answer with a "hi" when I greet them.
"hurry up!" when waiting to be fed.
post #8 of 17
Cats do use body language and sounds to communicate. They can also "Train" their owners/companions.
If you make a habit of sitting in a special chair and feeding a treat, the cat will realize that when you sit there, there is an excellent chance that he will get a treat.
They also relate certain noises to feeding time. Every time I opened the cabinet, the hinge squeeked and they recognize that squeek with that cabinet opening and getting their food.
They also excel at "trial and error" as they try to get into, out of or something that they want. If it is possibile for them to do it, given the time they will learn. Doors windows and cabinets might have to be "kitty-proofed"
If they learn that a certain sound or movement get's them what they want, they remember that and act accordingly.
They remember these things and use them to get what they want.

There was even one cat that I know of that would watch cartoons with the families children and we think it was because the charachters on the screen moved at the "speed of prey", which is exactly what a cat looks for in all things.
post #9 of 17
Once in a while it sounds like Limerick says "momma" and "no".... It kinda of freaked me out the first time it happened.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by RoyalEnchntrss
lol shadow does that.. mostly his big one is "ouuuut" when he wants let out onto the enclosed porch.

We used to have a cat that did that too!

I know Winnie and Stormy hate to hack up hairballs because before they do they say "ohhhh nononono!"
post #11 of 17
ohhhhh gosh! thats so sad! but so funny!^^^^^

if my cats started talking i would be really scared
post #12 of 17
Max has said "Wow!" since she was a kitten. Arthur does not like getting a bath and yells "No! No! No!" when you carry him into the bathroom and turn on the water. Phoenix puts a paw on the back door and says "Out NOW!"
As for the woofing thing, Khepera does it and so does Titi. Maybe they were around dogs in their previous homes? They both do it when they're upset, Kepi more so than Titi.
The scariest thing, though, was when Kepi tapped me and meowed, then proceeded to "pet" himself, then tapped me again and said "Now?" Tybalt and I were floored.
post #13 of 17
Cody says "Mom" or "Meomom" all the time!!!
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Recently, Lexus came back into heat and was being a little tart in front of Tonka's cage, rolling around and stuff like that ... Tonka looked up at me and as clear as day said to me, "Now?" I laughed and said, "No, not yet, Tonka". LOL

Later on, but while she was still in heat, Lexus was at the door asking to go out ... "Meeee Outtttttt!" and I would respond with a long, drawn out, "Ooooooh Noooooooo". When I walked into the kitchen, she was sitting by the door and said, "Oooooh Noooooo!" LOL
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When Milky says Meoooowww, seems like Sam quote on her profile.."Meow Means Now!" ...
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by gayef
When I walked into the kitchen, she was sitting by the door and said, "Oooooh Noooooo!" LOL
LOL! We took Nefertiti outside one time only, on a harness and leash, and even without front claws she climbed Tybalt's leg, buried her face in his armpit and yowled, "Ooooh Noooo!" We both cracked up!
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by ilovejoelyo
ohhhhh gosh! thats so sad! but so funny!^^^^^

if my cats started talking i would be really scared
Animal Control Officers have been trying to get cats to talk for YEARS! Unfortunately for us, they have all taken a vow to never speak to us and reveal anything of major importance. Like, do you really use deoderant EVERY day or is that your REAL hair color? Other things we keep asking them include - does your owner really like me? Where does he/she keep the GOOD stuff stashed? Even when we use the water treatment, all we usually get is bitten!

One day we may get a polygraph to work on cats. Then we will finally know if they are telling the truth when they act like they are the center of the universe.
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